Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is often a component of Bordeaux-style blends, but is less often offered as a single-variety wine. Our Stags Leap District estate vineyards produce Petit Verdot fruit of such exceptional quality that some vintages simply demand to be bottled.

Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is often a component of Bordeaux-style blends, but is less often offered as a single-variety wine. Our Stags Leap District estate vineyards produce Petit Verdot fruit of such exceptional quality that some vintages simply demand to be bottled.

VINEYARDS The majority of the fruit for our Petit Verdot was sourced from our vineyards in Stags Leap District, with a small amount from our Oakville block. Petit Verdot is a late-ripening varietal, and these warm regions encourage the development of complex flavors and a rich mouthfeel.

HARVEST AND WINEMAKING  The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 68 percent new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.

TASTING NOTES  This inky ruby-black wine offers intense, dark fruit aromas of fresh blackberry preserves, crushed strawberry and black cherry, intermingled with hints of cocoa, espresso and cinnamon. The well-rounded palate is supported by smooth tannins and well-integrated oak, boasting flavors of bright red plum and fruit leather, followed by touches of cedar, tobacco and cherry cordial that linger through the dense, long finish.

PAIRING Bold and opulent, this wine would be best matched with a hearty pairing such as a winter stew of beef and root vegetables. Our Petit Verdot would also make a delectable cheese course when paired with Sardo, a semi-hard cow’s milk salty cheese.

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